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5 Top Jewellery Ideas for Father’s Day

5 Top Jewelry Ideas for Father's Day

The first Sunday of September is the special day we put dads on the forefront and celebrate them for their love and sacrifice.

Most people joke how gifting fathers is so uncommon compared to mothers. Don’t join the narrative. Instead, let’s do better for our dads with Rad Fine Jewelry.

Instead of a boring box of socks, why not get him something better like jewelry from our store? It’s okay if you don’t know where to start. Here are some fantastic men’s jewelry ideas for Australia’s perfect Father’s Day.


1.       DIY Jewelry

Most parents will fall over themselves each time their children make them something (how it looks doesn’t matter much). If you have younger kids, how about helping them create something from scratch as a gift?

All you need to buy is some beads, pendants, and other little trinkets that can be threaded to create a bracelet or necklace. You can find these from your local mall or online.


2.       A Watch

If your dad is a ‘watch guy,’ this is the perfect gift. A watch is always a great gift because it’s aesthetic and functional.

You need to do some research or be a bit more observant before you start shopping for one. For example, know your father’s wrist size, leather or metallic strap preference, and so on. These details will help you find something they will want to wear daily.


3.       Army Necklace

These are commonly referred to as dog chains. These are the oval metallic pendants that army men wear to identify themselves in combat.

Army necklaces make for a great gift for two reasons.

The first is that they are wildly masculine. The necklace’s association with brave army service people makes them even more enticing.

The second is that the flat, oval pendant’s surface makes it a perfect canvas to write on. Finally, if you go for this as your father’s day gift, you can have your name and your siblings engraved on the pendant to make it more meaningful.


4.       Bracelets

Over the years, fashion and jewelry houses have recognized the need for good, solid, stylish male bracelets.

There’re many choices in the market for men’s bracelets today. Depending on your dad’s personality, it shouldn’t be too challenging to get the ideal one for him.

One main consideration is whether to go metallic or leather. For metallic bracelets, black gold, rose gold, stainless steel, and silver are excellent masculine options. Of course, you can also engrave names, short messages, or whatever you see fit.


5.       Cufflinks

Cufflinks are another functional jewelry idea for working dads.

Pick a size, shape, and metal you know he would like. You might have to look at what he already has to understand his general style.

Find cufflinks with embedded gemstones if you want to go a notch higher.


Rad Fine Jewelry- All things Jewelry!

You ultimately want something your dad will love enough to wear often. Some research into his style preferences will come in handy here.


Whether you prefer an original creation of your own or perhaps something more exquisite, check our online jewelry shop for great pieces. We deal in engagement rings, wedding bands and more.


You can also talk to us at Rad Fine Jewelry, and let us help you create the perfect gift for the perfect dad.

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5 Practical Ways to Maintain Your Jewellery

As you keep wearing your jewellery, they collect dirt and debris. With time, they may lose their sparkle or incur damage.

Because they come in various intricate styles and have delicate gems, it’s necessary to muster the best methods for maintaining your jewellery.

So, how should you maintain your jewellery’s shine for the longest time? 

1 – Clean and Polish Your Jewellery Regularly

Whether you choose a daily, weekly or monthly jewellery cleaning routine, you’re right. The key is to keep your ornaments clean and naturally shiny.

How frequently you clean your jewellery depends on:

  • How often you wear them
  • Exposure to dirt and chemicals such as chlorine
  • The material they’re made of

Always take off your jewellery before bathing or swimming because chlorine in the water and soaps causes discolouration on metals such as gold and platinum.

That said, let’s explore two practical ways to maintain your jewellery by cleaning and polishing them.

Clean with Baking Soda 

  • Wash jewellery in warm soapy water to remove grease and dust, and rinse in cold water.
  • Add three tablespoonfuls of baking soda to 500 ml (½  litre) of water.
  • Wash your jewellery, gently scrubbing with a soft toothbrush to remove discolouration..
  • Dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Clean with Ammonia

  • Add one teaspoonful of dish-washing liquid detergent to 1 cup of warm water.
  • Add ½ teaspoonful of ammonia-based glass cleaner.
  • Let your jewellery soak in this solution for 5 minutes.
  • Scrub gently with a soft toothbrush.
  • Dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Besides the above methods, restore the lustre of your silver jewellery by dipping them in Silver Blue Instant Silver Cleaner.

Important: Don’t use Silver Blue on porous metals such as gemstones and pearls.

2 – Keep Your Jewellery Dry

Prevent moisture from tarnishing your jewellery by putting a few pieces of chalk or silica packs in the jewellery box. These substances will absorb moisture, preventing tarnishing.    

3 – Store in Flannel-lined Chests

To protect your jewellery from pressure and scratches, store them in a drawer or chest. Have the drawer lined with tarnish-resistant flannel to prevent moisturisation. If the drawer isn’t flannel-lined, wrap each jewel in an acid-free paper towel, or unbleached cotton muslin, or silver cloth. 

4 – Store Jewellery in Non-metal Containers

Non-metal jewellery boxes, pouches, or cases, are ideal because they don’t conduct heat or easily enable condensation. They’ll keep your jewellery insulated from heat and humidity. 

5 – Store in a Place with Constant Temperature 

Store your jewellery in a cool and dark place because too much sunlight and heat can cause tarnishing through oxidation.

Keep jewellery away from sudden and extreme temperature variations that cause air condensation, which can tarnish your jewellery.

Final Thoughts

Provide your precious ornaments with the best care to protect them against wear and tear. These five tips will help you keep your jewellery sparkly, saving you from expensive visits to the jeweller.But if you need to upgrade your wardrobe with original custom jewellery, or want to recondition your existing pieces, contact us for the best jewellery deals on the internet.

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Exciting Ways To Propose

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Your engagement story is one that your significant other will repeat countless times throughout your marriage life. If you do not do it right, it will be retold to people reluctantly or worse still-in jest.

To cut a long story short; this is something you have to get right.

So let’s dive right into it. What are some exciting ways to propose to the love of your life? Well, here is the ultimate cheat sheet with everything from simple to extravagant ideas.

1. Set Up A Picnic

Planned correctly, a picnic can be a very romantic, intimate way to pop the question.

You can also make it as lavish or as simple as you wish, and as fits your pocket. The first thing to think about is location. Depending on what your sweetheart likes, or where you have created memories, you can set up a picnic on a mountain, by the lake, at the beach, near your favorite cabin, a park, and so on.

Next, think about other details like food, snacks, a bottle of wine, chocolates covered strawberries, and so on. Then figure out whether to hide the ring in the food, or whether to go down on one knee at one point during the picnic.

2. Take A Hike

Nothing makes for a more memorable proposal than getting down on one knee and proposing to your loved one at the end of a hike.

Both of you will be exhausted at the end, but pulling out a ring will melt away your tiredness in an instant. Most hiking trails are also picturesque, which offers the perfect backdrop for a proposal. 

3. Rooftop Proposal

If you are lucky enough to have a rooftop, or a friend that has one, this could be an ideal setting for a proposal.

With a killer view in place, all you will need to do is dress up one corner of the rooftop. Think seating, floral bouquets, photos of your dating life, and other details.

You can bring your future spouse up here to watch the sunset, have a meal or snacks, and so on before going down to one knee. It’s simple, budget-friendly, and romantic.

4. Write It Down

If you and your partner have a close-knit bunch of people that love and support you, you can easily incorporate them into the proposal.

To do this, simply write down your proposal on placards and have your loved ones hold them up for your partner to read. If you already have kids, having your kids do this is extra special and will probably make your partner cry, which surpassingly gets you bonus points.

5. Take A Spontaneous Trip

Do you and your partner have a favorite vacation spot? Where did you go for your first vacation as a couple? Is there a place your partner has been hinting about visiting?

These questions should help you pick a location where you could whisk your future wife or husband away for a magical proposal.

If nothing comes to mind, the Caribbean and Mexico offer wonderful all-inclusive packages that pretty much set the stage for you to pop the question.

While being in an exotic location is half the job done, you still need to find the right time and setting to do the actual proposal. With the picturesque views, friendly vacationers, and so on, this shouldn’t be that hard to do.

6. Make It A Christmas Affair

Christmas is a magical time for most people. If your loved one loves the season, you can incorporate a proposal into the festivities.

One way to do this is to have a ring or a ‘marry me’ placard and attach it to a Christmas tree when you go tree shopping.

Another is to spell out your proposal in Christmas lights.

Not only will this make Christmas more special, but you are also unlikely to ever forget the date you proposed!

7. Arrange A Scavenger Hunt

With some creativity and space, you can send your girlfriend or boyfriend on a scavenger hunt. Have clues or tidbits of your relationship that they need to follow through to find you on one knee at the end of the hunt.

If you have no idea how to set it up, you can opt to find an entertainment spot in your location that offers scavenging excursions. If this is not available, find a spot with a maze and set up your proposal scavenger hunt there.

8. Get Your Pet In On It

If you share a pet, or one of you owns one, you can enlist the pet’s help in your proposal. This makes the proposal cute and personalised and bound to elicit the right emotions.

This needs not be complicated because pets have their way of not complying when you need them to.

So plan for something super simple like a ring or placard around their neck. Your loved one is bound to wonder what that is and go check it out, then voila! If you want to go all out, you can hire a trained dolphin and ask them to marry you on a scuba-diving date.

You best be on one knee when they figure it out.

9. Concert Proposal

Music speaks to us all. If your partner’s favorite band is coming into town, you can ride on the euphoria of the moment to propose to them.

Bring the ring along and enjoy the music, before dropping down on one knee as their favorite song is being played in the background.

If they love grand gestures, you can ask about having their name and the words ‘’will you marry me’’ flash on the stage. As they figure out what’s going on, ensure to pull out the ring and drop to one knee. Pure magic!

To Crown It All…

All these ideas around the proposal will make the event that much more meaningful for your soon-to-be spouse. There is just one more thing to do to crown the moment perfectly: an engagement ring.

At the end of the day, you need to slip that perfect ring on your loved one’s finger to make the moment official. Rad Fine Jewelry has your back on this. Take a peek at what we have on offer here. Ain’t no way they will say no!!!!

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If you are a true fashionista, you already know that everything you put on needs to mesh and be current. This includes your jewelry. With that said, you really do not want to be caught dead walking around with last year’s jewelry-or anything else for that matter.

If you are big in accessorising, here are the top six Jewelry looks you should be rocking in 2022.

1. The Choker

If you thought you had seen the last of the choker, think again. This 1990’s look is not only back, but it’s back with a big bang. The sexiness of this choker is definitely in part because it looks fetish-inspired. Another is versatility as it presents numerous styling options.

Two outstanding ones are a thin minimalist choker. (Yes, minimalism is in as well.) The other is to go all out with a thick fabric choker with all sorts of dangling pendants and other embellishments.

If you love metal, you can consider chunky metallic chokers. However, be careful not to look too heavy by pairing it with simple outfits. On the other hand, sleek, thin, simple pieces can be paired with other accessories and bolder outfits without giving an overdone look.

Several jewelers, including Bucheron, De Beers and Mikimoto, had gorgeous chokers in their show earlier this year. These trends are likely to be seen on more red carpets this year. This is a safe bet.

2. Pearls

The spring/summer catwalk 2022 saw powerhouses like Prada, Tom Ford and Dior feature pearls. Vivienne Westwood and Chanel also jumped on to the trend to pay homage to some of their fashion house traditions. Coco Chanel wore them and even incorporated faux pearls into her clothing line. On the other hand, Vivienne Westwood juxtaposed the oceanic gems into her punk themes styles.

Long story short: pearls are in.

Pearls can elevate anything from a denim jacket for a casual evening out to a dress you wear to a wedding. You just need to play around with different looks to know how to switch things up.

A rule of thumb, according to experts, is one related to size. Smaller pearls are ideal for everyday wear and streetwear. Conversely, the more formal an event is, the larger the pearls should be.

Other than that, feel free to buy pearl-embedded clothing, handbags with pearly straps and so on.

Oh, and men are not left out. Pharrell Williams and Harry Styles have donned their pearls. So can you!

3. Drop Earrings

After two years of being indoors wearing sweats, no one can be faulted for wanting a taste of glitz and glamor.

Flashy dangles are not only glamorous; they elongate your neck and add a whole lot of sophistication to an ensemble. But, of course, you can also go modern or classic, depending on the look you want to achieve.

You can get a look to match your personality and the occasion from drop hoops, pearls, beady earrings, and diamonds. Chunkier earrings go very well with casual wear.

On the other hand, go for sleek, simpler, sophisticated drop earrings to glam up a more formal look.

4. Men’s Bracelets

Historically, men wore metal and leather bands on their wrists for protection and other religious reasons. Today, these are purely for fashion. Fortunately, designers have recognised the growing need for male jewelry and have matched the need.

Men love black. Name it. From cars to suits to watches, black is associated with style, mystery and an unparalleled rugged charm. This leads us to black gold bracelets.

This gold allows the wearer to combine the delicate, durable qualities of gold with a rugged masculine sophistication. For men that want some embellishments, black gold offers a dark, opaque backdrop to intensify the brilliance of any chosen gem.

Pair workwear with simple bracelets with clean lines, enhancing the look without taking over. You will also likely have a wristwatch on, so the two need to complement each other and the entire look.

Feel free to be bolder with casual looks.

For the hopeless romantics, eternity bracelets are allowable this season. In addition, some jewelers allow customisation so you can control how much bling you are willing to take on.

5. Colorful Splash

Wearing some color became a trend in 2021, and the trend has not relented. If anything, it has spilled over from attire to jewelry. Needless to say, this look is more appropriate for evenings out, vacation wear and other informal settings.

We have seen top trendsetters with their bright candy-coloured jewelry. This is the trend you need to get in on this year.

Closely related to this is beaded jewelry. This 90’s trend has made a comeback, albeit with an ageless, more sophisticated look. You are also spoilt for choice on color, size and shape.

These are also not limited to bracelets, as was the case in the 90s. Instead, you can get your beaded earrings, neckpieces, chunky rings, waist chains and so on. These also play around with scale, vibrancy in colors, abstractness and even words to inject a more fun look.

6. It’s All In the Metal

There are two types of people; gold lovers and silver lovers/ if you are the latter, you are in luck.

Yellow gold seems to have taken a back seat in favor of silver, and why not? Its timeless, understated, edgy, punky feel is something we could all do with. You also get many more options when pairing with whatever else you have in your closet.

For people who love gemstones, you can quickly get the flashiest stones embedded into your silver jewelry without looking too garish. Do you like layering several jewelry types? Again, not a problem with the classy yet understated silver.

Get The Best

Are you looking for fine, sophisticated pieces to add to your collection? Or maybe you want a bespoke engagement ring that nobody can say no to? Rad Fine Jewelry has become the number one store for fine jewelry in Australia because we only offer the best.

We do not just make jewelry; we thoughtfully craft each individual piece to give you a timeless, sophisticated, glamorous piece of art that is uniquely you.

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How To Choose The Right Ring Size

How To Choose The Right Ring Size

Love is indeed a beautiful thing. If you have been in a happy relationship for a while, the time will come when you will want to take the next step.

This will begin with crowning your love with a perfect piece of jewellery.

As exciting as all these can be, finding a ring for your loved one can also be nerve-wracking. The perfect ring should feel tight over the knuckle but comfortable on the finger in the area below the knuckle.

Before you think about the cut, design, metal and so on, you need to get the correct ring size. Same as clothes, rings are sized on a standardized scale so that one size is the same from one jeweller to the next.

Ring sizes vary from 3 to 13 in Canada and the United States. These include half and a quarter sizes and are in millimetres or inches based on a ring’s circumference or diameter.

The circumference measures the entire length of the band, while the diameter measures the inside length of the ring.

International ring sizing follows similar rules. However, numbered sizes run on different scales, often varying by country. The United Kingdom and Australia use an alphabetical scale for sizing.

Here are what the alphabet sizing means:

Letter connotation   Measurement in mm

D                                  41.6

D ½                              42.3

E                                  42.9

E ½                               43.5

F                                  44.2

F ½                               44.8

G                                  44.5

G ½                              46.1

H                                  46.7

H ½                              47.4

I                                   48

J                                   48.7

J ½                               49.3

K                                  49.9

K ½                               50.6

L                                   51.2

L ½                               51.8

M                                 52.5

M ½                             53.1

N                                  53.8

N ½                              54.4

0                                  55

0 ½                              55.7

P                                  56.3

P ½                              56.9

Q                                 57. 6

Q ½                              58.2

R                                  58.9

R ½                              59.5

S                                  60.1

S ½                               60.8

T                                  61.4

T ½                               62.1

U                                  62.7

U ½                              63.3

Size Matters: How To Get Your Partner’s Ring Size Without Them Knowing

There are two ways to propose. The first is where you propose without an engagement ring and then go ring shopping with your spouse-to-be. This is easy, albeit unexciting.

The other option takes more time and effort and is more exciting and romantic. This is where you plan a surprise engagement. The thing about this plan is that you have to get their ring size without them knowing.

This will take some creativity. So how do you go about it undetected? Here are some tips.

Use Of Her Rings

If your significant other has a jewellery lover, the chances are that you will find a ring or two by raiding her jewellery box. You will, however, need to be keen to use one that fits her perfectly.

When you identify the perfect candidate, all you need to do is take it to the jeweller, with the other features you want in mind. They will measure its size and show you ring options in her size. Easy does it.

Ask Her Friend To Go Ring Shopping

If the previous suggestion is not an option, this might work.

Talk to one of her friends or relatives to develop a plan to get her to a jewellery shop. The friend can maybe request her to come along to help her pick rings. And off they go shopping.

At the store, the friend needs to act like they are shopping for their own ring while at the same time encouraging your girlfriend to try on different rings. They need to do this in an easy, fun way, and her friend will figure out her size going by the rings that will be a perfect fit for her.

Ring sizes are often indicated on a tag on the ring, so she just needs to note this down. If it’s not, the friend can ask one of the attendants for the ring measurements- discreetly, of course!

Measure Her Finger

This will take some sneaking around but is very doable.

For this, you will need a piece of string or paper. The goal will be to roll it around her finger where the engagement ring should sit. This should be a snug fit but not too tight to cut circulation.

Once you have the diameter, make a mark or a knot (if using thread). Take this measurement to the jeweller to help give you the size before you get to shipping.

You can also get a ring multisizer to take the measurements to be as accurate as possible.

If you opt to take measurements yourself, you need to think about the temperature, time of day, activity level, medications and so on.

The ring size is most stable after lunch and before dinner. That said, cold temperatures make fingers shrink, and very hot temperatures can cause them to swell. You might want to take the measurements at the end of the day when they are at their most swollen. Repeat the same when it’s hot and find common ground.

You want the ring to fit but not too snuggly that it can’t accommodate hot days or months.

If your girlfriend’s knuckle is bigger than the finger’s base, measure both spots and pick an in-between size.

Aside From The Diameter…

While the diameter is important, there is another factor to consider when buying rings. The key one is:

Band Width

Thinner banded rings tend to give a looser fit, while those with thick bands offer a more snug fit. Essentially the wider a band is, the more space it takes up on your finger; therefore, the tighter the fit feels.

If you think the recipient prefers a thin band, go slightly smaller. The other thing about slim bands is that they make the stone stand out even more.


Once you are done with your homework, you need to find the perfect ring in the correct size. The best thing you can do for yourself is find a jeweler with a varied number of designs. This helps you see what’s available and pick the best one for your loved one. Visit our site for the perfect, exquisite ring for your soon-to-be wife.

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How to Choose an Engagement Ring

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A wedding proposal is pretty much the most exciting moment of a relationship. But before that comes the challenge that is buying an engagement ring. You have to consider the shape, colour, cut quality, clarity, and carat weight of the diamond. There’s also the style of setting and the type of metal to use for the setting.

So, finding a ring that your partner will adore for years isn’t exactly easy. And considering that engagement rings don’t come cheap, you still have to get it right. This is why many people feel overwhelmed and stressed when ring shopping. They feel that there is a lot at stake with little room for error.

Fortunately, you don’t have to experience any of that. With the right advice and expert guide, you can quite easily get a stunning engagement ring for your partner. That said, here is our actionable, specific advice on how to choose the best engagement ring for your significant other.

But first…

Learn the diamond basics

It’s generally easier to shop for something that you understand. That way, you can understand what’s considered best by the industry and what suits both your needs better. A good place to start is with the four C’s of diamonds; Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat. These play a major role in the quality and beauty of a diamond.

A diamond’s cut is often associated with its shape. This can be round, marquise, heart, oval, pear, etc. But the cut is way more than the shape; it is the top decider of a diamond’s beauty. This is because it determines the stone’s reflective qualities, facets, symmetry, and dimensions. These, on the other hand, determine a diamond’s brilliance and fire. The finer the cut, the greater the brilliance and fire of the stone.

On the other hand, the colour refers to how the diamond’s body appears. In this regard, diamonds are graded from D-F, G-J, K-M, N-R, and S-Z. D-F are the most colourless grades, while the rest gradually adopt a yellow body colour all the way to the most yellow  S-Z  diamonds. Colourless diamonds are rarer and more expensive than coloured ones, except for some fancy natural colours.

Clarity refers to the degree to which a diamond is free of imperfections. These are tiny natural blemishes and inclusions present on the exterior and interior of a gem. Diamonds with few or no imperfections get grades FL IF, while those with the most imperfections are graded I3. In between are the VVS1 VVS2, VS1 VS2, SI1 SI2, I1, and I2 grades, respectively.

The Carat is the standard unit of measurement for weighing diamonds and other gems. One carat equals 0.20 grams and is typically divided into 100 points. Thus, a diamond weighing 25 points = 0.25 carat(ct).

Now that you know the technical terms you’ll come across when shopping, let’s look at the buying process.

Tips for choosing a diamond ring

When choosing an engagement ring;

Start with your budget

You may not realise it, but the budget is one of the biggest considerations you’ll make when choosing a diamond ring. You’ve probably heard or read that a good engagement ring should be costly. But perhaps, a good ring should be one that you can afford. You don’t want to spend months’ worth of your income on one thing when you have a wedding on the horizon.

Thus, it’s important to consider your financial situation as you decide on the perfect jewellery for your partner.

Consider your partner’s style

Getting a stunning diamond ring is great. But buying one that complements her style is even better. The ideal engagement ring should match your bride’s individual style. Of course you can always ask them, but how do you tell if you’re planning a surprise?

The easiest way is to look at her other favourite jewellery. These should give you a general understanding of the designs that she prefers. You can even look at her clothing and accessories for more inspiration. Often, one’s preferred jewellery style is designed to match her fashion sense.

Ask yourself, how does her general style look? Is she sharp and sleek? Is she subtle, or does she like making a statement? Does she prefer vintage designs over modern ones?

If you’re still in doubt after peeking through your companion’s jewellery, clothing, and accessories, you can talk to her friends and family. Insight from her best friend, sister, or mom will prove valuable when looking through potential engagement rings. Even better, your partner may have already shared their style preferences with them.   

Choose the shape

With the partner’s style in mind, it’s time to pick the shape of your diamond. This can be quite challenging since there are a dozen popular diamond shapes. These include Round, Princess, Emerald, Cushion, Asscher, Pear, Oval, Heart, Radiant, Marquise, Baguette, and Trillion.

Choosing a shape will be significantly easier if you’re shopping with your partner. But if it’s a surprise, you have to consider their personal preferences. So again, look at her style, other jewellery, and fashion sense and consult with her friends and family when you need an extra pair of eyes. 

Apart from appealing to your partner, the diamond’s shape will also dictate your ring’s setting style (more on this later).   

Find your best diamond

Now that you know your partner’s preferred style and shape, you can start looking for the perfect diamond for her. Here, you’ll have to consider the cut quality of the diamonds, which influences the brilliance and fire of a gem. This is what gives the stone its beauty and wow factor.

If you’re looking for something stunning, avoid shallow cuts. Light usually hits the pavilion of shallow-cut diamonds at a low angle, causing the light to exit through the sides rather than reflect through the table. Thus, the diamond’s brilliance and fire are reduced. 

You should also avoid very deep cuts. These have a sharp angle of reflection that dulls the light, resulting in a less radiant diamond.

Other factors to consider are the clarity of the diamond. The clearer it is, the more stunning it’ll be. Fortunately, you don’t have to pay premium cash to get this.  Go for the lowest clarity diamond that manages to look clean to the naked eye, such as those in the SI1 or SI2 grade.

The same applies to colour; purchase the lowest colour diamond that still looks colourless to the naked eye. This is typically in the G-J colour grade. But if you have the money, you can always go for a flawless D-color diamond.     

Choose the perfect precious metal

A brilliant stone has a matching precious metal. This setting metal is often either platinum or gold, which can be yellow, white, or rose. Choosing the perfect ring metal adds to the design and can even enhance the look of the gems.

Platinum is the strongest and most durable ring metal of the two. It’s usually 90 to 95% pure and doesn’t cause any allergic reactions on the skin. However, platinum is 30 times rarer than gold and, thus, more expensive.

On the other hand, gold is too soft to be used in its pure form in engagement rings. Thus, jewellers typically use other pure alloys with gold to ensure durability. These are 14K and 18K gold.

14K gold is 58.3% gold and 41.7% other pure alloys. It’s the most durable of the gold option and offers the best value in terms of cost. 18K gold is 75% gold and 25% other alloys in colour. It’s the softer alternative but offers a richer, yellow colour than 14k gold and thus, costs more.

You should also take care to choose a ring metal colour that complements your partner’s style. For example, if she likes colour, pick rose gold, and if she wears a lot of silver jewellery, white gold should suit her well. White gold also looks identical to platinum, making it a less expensive alternative to the rare metal. 

Choose your ring setting style

The ring setting style refers to how the centre diamond is mounted on the ring metal. There are a variety of settings to choose from, and your preferred one should reflect your partner’s style. The most popular engagement ring settings include Channel, Solitaire, Bezel, Prong, pave, Three-Stone, Halo, Vintage-Inspired, and Split Shank.

Get the right size

Get the right size of ring from your fiance to be. It might seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised at the number of people that return engagement rings for resizing after a proposal. This takes anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks and does little to preserve the excitement of the proposal.

Thus, look for an engagement ring that will easily slide into your fiance’s finger but retain a little resistance, so it doesn’t fall off. If you’re shopping for a surprise, you need to measure to estimate or measure your partner’s fingers to get the correct ring size. You can use their other jewellery to do this or use a string to measure it while they’re asleep.

Alternatively, get help from her close friends and family. They might already know your partner’s ring size or will help you figure it out.

Buying tips

Now that you know how to choose an engagement ring, how about we get to buying one? This is pretty easy; all you need to do is find the right vendor and pay them for the perfect engagement ring. Still, here are a couple of buying tips that should prove useful during your buying process.

1.   Go for online vendors over physical jewellery stores

Compared to physical jewellers, online vendors offer the best selection and value for jewellery items. You get a wide variety of jewellery options to choose from at a relatively lower price than you would in a brick-and-mortar store. In fact, most physical stores charge between 20% and 100% more than trusted online vendors for similar jewellery pieces.

2.   Make some comparisons

Making comparisons is the best way to get the perfect engagement ring for your partner. Don’t just settle on the first ring you think will impress your fiance-to-be. Instead, consider alternative designs, cuts, pricing, and sizes before settling on an engagement ring. That way, you’ll be confident in your final decision.

3.   Make sure to get a matching certification

A diamond’s certificate is proof that the stone has the cut quality, colour, clarity, and carat weight that it’s advertised to have. It lets you know that you’re paying for exactly what you’re getting. Thus, avoid diamonds without any type of certification.

Note that not all certificates are reliable since some grading laboratories have been shown to overstate the stone’s quality. This allows a vendor to sell diamonds of lower quality at an inflated price.

The most trusted diamond certifiers in Australia are the GSL (Gem Studies Laboratory) and DSLA (Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia). Internationally, the GIA (Gemology Institute of America) is considered amongst the best.

4.   Start shopping early

Ideally, you should start looking for an engagement ring around two months before the proposal date. This gives you enough time to look for the perfect ring without the pressure that comes with last-minute buying. You can comfortably compare rings and vendors, reducing the risk of making a poor decision.

Starting your shopping early also lets you order custom pieces if existing pieces don’t meet your standards. You have enough time to consult with your vendor and have the engagement ring made and shipped before the proposal date arrives.


Buying an engagement ring may look daunting, but it’s actually easier than it seems. As long as you understand the basics of diamond jewellery and know your partner’s style and tastes, you should be able to get the perfect ring in no time.

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